people today, the Israelites in Jesus’ time believed they were destined for
heaven. They mistakenly thought that to join God’s family, good works and an
intellectual faith were all that He required.
To help us
grasp the truth about how to enter His Father’s kingdom, Jesus described
two paths leading in opposite directions. One is a broad highway, where
most people travel. Theirs is an easy journey, as it requires few commitments
and allows all kinds of philosophies. Because just about everything is
acceptable, each person is free to be self-indulgent and choose whatever seems
best. The broad path promises to give us whatever we desire, but in the end, it
delivers nothing of lasting value.
The other path
is narrow. It has a small entrance, because there is only one way to be
reconciled to God—through faith in Christ. Traveling on this path requires a
commitment to the Savior and a lifestyle of dependence, sacrifice, and trust.
belong to Jesus, the Holy Spirit empowers us for everything that is required on
the way of righteousness: loving God with our whole heart, loving our
neighbors, and carrying out the Lord’s purposes. His plans are to take
precedence over our own. In contrast to the disappointments on the broad road,
every divine promise is guaranteed.
Each of us must choose which path to take: the wide one that
hopelessness and eternal separation from the Lord, or the narrow one leading to
life everlasting. If you desire a relationship with God through Jesus, just ask